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1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-1314
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4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over...
Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 270
    Excellent
  • 121
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 24
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Very good food and service!

The food was very special, wonderful presentation and delicious! The service was outstanding. We were there for a birthday and they made it a special occasion....everyone ordered something different and everyone loved their food. The waiter explained everything so well and was very attentive and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
sueckandpaul
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Starbuck, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Starbuck, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The food was very special, wonderful presentation and delicious! The service was outstanding. We were there for a birthday and they made it a special occasion....everyone ordered something different and everyone loved their food. The waiter explained everything so well and was very attentive and helpful. I would go back here as many times as I can. The ambiance was... More 

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Mission, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We had just ridden the ferry to Brownsville and back on a tour. Included in the tour was this meal. The people at the table highly recommended the steak instead of the seafood. We were so glad to take their advice and were pleasantly surprised to find such a large value meal.

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Manchester, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I like the food and the restaurant is definitely upscale, but way too pricey for the island. You can get similar meals at other restaurants for a lot less.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Glad you're a fan of our food and restaurant, Carol, but we're sorry to hear you're not a fan of our prices. We use quality ingredients and so that's where the prices are reflected. Hope you'll give us another chance to show you who we truly are. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Wayzata, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

wow by far the best place for great seafood on the island yes it's a expensive but since when is sea food cheap. The staff was amazing so friendly. I would highly recommend going if you want the best seafood the island has.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Glad you think we're the best place on the island to get fresh and tasty seafood, Kris. Nothing like a quality meal, and we hope you'll be back to dine with us soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Perkins, Oklahoma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Prepare to have a pricey ticket but it is well worth it since it is fresh! Service was great and atmosphere was pleasant. This is a nice formal restaurant for Padre probably nicest besides Blackbeards which is great also 2 of best restaurants here.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Glad you stopped by to give us a try! We pride ourselves on our fresh fish and am very happy you enjoyed dining with us. Hope you'll be back to visit us soon. I have to agree with you on Blackbeards...they do a great job as well! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

The best restaurant on the island if you're looking for upscale dining, our favorite place to go at the end of our stay.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Glad you think we have the best restaurant on South Padre, Carol. Nothing like a quality meal, and we're glad you've been able to get one at our place. Can't wait to serve you again when you're back in the area. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Hunt, Texas
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Everyone has their favorite things at the Sea Ranch, and I am no different. I love the view AND the seafood soup, not to mention the relaxing atmosphere and good service.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Happy to hear you love our view and seafood soup, Kathy. Nothing like a relaxing atmosphere and good meal. Glad you stopped by, and hope you'll be back soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Plymouth, Michigan
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This feels like "fine dining" in 1992, but the prices unfortunately have inflated with the times. Food was fine but not remarkable, especially for the price. The view is "ok" but not great, I prefer the slightly more affordable beach shack bars on the bay and you will spend about $50 less.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Sorry to hear you weren't blown away during your visit with us. We use quality ingredients and our team spends a lot of time preparing our dishes, so that is where the price is reflected. We hope you know we're capable of much more than your last visit and that you'll give us another chance to prove that. All the... More 

Forest City, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This place needs a chef, I have eaten here on several occasions and it consistently poor to average. It is fairly expensive for the meal you receive. I will only go back if I must for a business meeting . Given a choice there are much better places on the Island.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Glad you've stopped by our place on several occasions, Doc, but it's troubling that you've been underwhelmed with our food. We know we're capable of much more and we hope you'll give us another chance to prove that. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Two of us stopped in on the fly for dinner and were immediately seated. We had bowls of New England Clam Chowder, hot oven bread, salad and apiece Blackened Scallops and the Seafood Enchiladas - all of which was hot & flavorful. Special thanks to our very friendly & informative waiter Tim.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

We sure are lucky that you and your friend stopped in on the fly. Happy to hear your meal was everything you expected. I will be sure to let Tim know you appreciated his help. Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback. Hope you'll be back to visit us soon! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
  • Phone Number: 956-761-1314

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?